17 Breeds That Have A Hate-Hate Relationship With Winter

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

January 6, 2016

There are few breeds that love the cold as much as Siberian Huskies or Tibetan Mastiffs. Most of ’em are just not built to tolerate cold weather. Dogs who fall under this category usually tend to be shorthaired or hairless dogs, because less hair means less insulation from the cold (obviously), but it can just depend on your dog’s preferences, too.

Regardless of the breed, though, make sure to keep in mind some of these winter pet safety tips.

1. Chihuahua

Considering that this breed comes from the Chihuahua area in hot, sunny Mexico, cold weather is not a Chi’s favorite.

Buster in Coat

2. Whippet

Although their fur is short and dense, they have little body fat and these guys get cold quite easily.

whippet in coat

3. American Pit Bull Terrier

Pibbles are pretty muscular, however they have short hair which makes them feel the cold more. They are also prone to skin conditions, which can get worse when exposed to the cold.

pitties in the city

4. Boston Terrier

Besides having short hair, that short nose can make it tough for Boston Terriers to breathe properly in extreme cold (or heat).

boston terriers in coats

5. Pug

Like Boston Terriers, this other brachycephalic breed could have trouble in the cold as well.

pug in a coat

6. French Bulldog

Another short-haired, snub nose breed that would prefer to run around in your warm home!

french bulldog in coat

7. Greyhound

The Greyhound’s thin, agile frame makes them very good at running fast, but not so good at staying warm.

greyhound coat

8. Boxer

If your Boxer is in good shape (i.e. not carrying extra weight) he will likely get cold in the winter due to his short hair, but like many of the dogs on this list, will happily romp in the snow if you stick a jacket on him!

boxer in a coat

9. Great Dane

Even though they are HUGE, these dogs don’t have much insulation.

great dane in a coat

10. Chinese Crested

If you walked around naked all the time, you’d be cold, too.

chinese crested in a coat

11. Xoloitzcuintli

It’s unlikely that many people out there have one of these guys, but this Mexican hairless dog will need a sweater in the winter.


12. Dachshund

They have short coats and are low to the ground, so Dachshunds can get cold very easily, especially if there is snow on the ground touching their tummy! They can also get lost in snow banks and suffocate due to their size, so if you do take your Doxie out, keep an eye on her!


13. Basenji

The Basenji is originally from Central Africa, so it only makes sense that he prefers warmer weather.

basenjis in coats

14. Miniature Pinscher

Min Pins love to snuggle under covers and be warm, so they are probably going to ignore you if you ask them to go outside in the snow.

min pin sweater

15. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkies do have long hair, but it’s super thin and known as a single coat, which means that most of them actually do need a cute little jacket.

yorkie in a sweater

16. Vizsla

Like many sporting dogs, Vizsla’s have a high energy level and like to be busy, which keeps their body fat very low. They also lack an undercoat, which is a thin layer of hair that would keep them warmer in the cold weather.

vizsla in a sweater

17. German Shorthaired Pointer

Like the Vizla, these dogs generally have a super high energy level and metabolism, so they don’t carry much extra weight that would keep them warm.

GSP coat

If this made you wonder whether your dog needs a sweater or a layer of clothing, you can check out Does My Dog Really Need To Wear Winter Wear? to find out.

Featured image via TrueFit Dog Coats

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Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

January 6, 2016


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